Week 2 of The One Room Challenge™ | Chic Equestrian Guest Room

It’s really week two already!? Eek! I may be a little bit behind the curve, although our guest room IS taking shape and items purchased for this transformation are trickling in, thanks to the tireless efforts of vendors and UPS delivery drivers. Last week, I had a surge of energy and scraped the old popcorn ceiling completely. Lucky for me, the home owners never painted over the popcorn, so it scraped off like snow on a windshield, (and made an equally ‘snowy’ mess in the process). So what can I tell you about scraping popcorn off the ceiling. Honestly, if you are someone handy in any way, shape, or form, definitely DIY this task. You’ll save a load of money doing this yourself, that you can then allocate toward more fun things, like decorating your new space.

Here are my tips for scraping the old popcorn off your ceilings.

  1. Buy a NICE, metal (not plastic), scraping tool from the paint and drywall section of your local hardware shop.

  2. Put warm water in a household spray bottle. Nothing fancy, just something that will make a nice mist.

  3. Cover EVERYTHING with plastic or fabric drop cloths.

  4. Put on a pair of safety glasses. Trust me on this - you WILL end up with popcorn in your eyes if not.

  5. Grab a ladder and start in a corner of the room by spraying some water onto the popcorn. I found that working in areas around 4x4 feet at a time worked really well. Let the moisture settle into the popcorn for a couple of minutes (if you have soft popcorn like I do), longer if required. *If your ceilings have been painted previously, the water technique may not work, depending on the permeability of the paint. Test the process and see what happens, but contact a local home improvement pro for tips on removing painted popcorn, or hard to remove popcorn.

  6. Scrape forward (away from your body, using even pressure. Make sure not to angle the blade edge of the scraper upward into the drywall. This will avoid gouging or nicking the drywall underneath the popcorn.

  7. Make sure to continue scraping the ceiling in the same direction as when you started; which makes for a more even end result.

Flexible Joint Knife with 5" Carbon Steel Blade

Flexible Joint Knife with 5" Carbon Steel Blade

I used a 5” flex blade joint knife like this one (pictured), to scrape the ceiling. It worked like a charm, and the little bit of flex in the blade ensured that I did not apply too much pressure when scraping, which would have no doubt damaged the drywall underneath.

Make sure to wipe excess ‘mud’ off of the blade after a few scrape passes in order to keep the blade from becoming thick with moistened popcorn ‘mush’.

So where am I at with the ORC on week 2? Well, I am super excited as boxes keep trickling in from Lamps Plus, Overstock, Wayfair, Art.com, Fine Art America, Pendleton, Etsy, and Spoonflower, And knowing that the ceiling just needs a little bit of sand block action before it is ready to be painted is such a relief!

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You can see the old water damage from a leaky roof years ago. Luckily, a couple coats of Valspar ceiling paint will cover all of that up and yield a gorgeous fresh ceiling.

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Those random, mismatched, drapes are coming down and making way for matchstick blinds and new draperies. And the super fun artwork arrived today! I found these classic, whimsical, prints on Fine Art America and Art.com. I will supply a link to all of the items in the room at the end of the transformation, so keep following along!

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The golden-beige carpet is only 2 years old (installed when I bought the house), so it will remain. And yes, I have a lot of patching holes to do after pulling down the mirror and three dimensional flowers that were hanging above the bed before. This week will still be filled with ‘after work hours’ hole patching, sanding, and painting prep. But, I am excited and ready to get the fun stuff going in here!

Here’s the color palette and wallpaper that will be going up over the next few weeks. There will be a double chair rail along all of the walls, with the upper and lower portions of wall painted HGTV Sherwin Williams color ‘Almeria’. The ceiling will be painted in HGTV Sherwin Williams color ‘Muslin Bolt’, in order to carry over the warmth of the room, without matching the wall color.

Here’s the color palette and wallpaper that will be going up over the next few weeks. There will be a double chair rail along all of the walls, with the upper and lower portions of wall painted HGTV Sherwin Williams color ‘Almeria’. The ceiling will be painted in HGTV Sherwin Williams color ‘Muslin Bolt’, in order to carry over the warmth of the room, without matching the wall color.

And since you’ve stuck with me through this post so far, here’s a sneak peek of the bedroom design (not in its entirety, but close!). Stay tuned for week 3 updates!

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